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UNLV 1L Taking Questions....

UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« on: December 15, 2009, 09:41:11 PM »
I'm a Boyd 1L on winter break. I'll be taking any and all questions for the next month. Ask away. I'll respond in the order questions are asked.


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Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 09:51:07 AM »
How do you like UNLV so far?

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2009, 01:52:35 PM »
I'm really impressed with the law school! The professors are all top-notch, many of whom are experts in their respective fields. The faculty is very supportive, as evidenced by how open they are with office hours and the fact that nearly every professor gave us an ungraded mid-term. One professor even made us turn in outlines throughout the semester so she could ensure that we were doing them and so she could provide feedback.

The legal writing program is the strongest component of the law school. We are required to take three legal writing courses (LP 1 - predictive writing; LP 2 - persuasive writing and oral argument; LP 3 - a choice of several options from litigation, judicial opinion writing, transactional document writing, ect.). In addition, we have to do an upper division writing requirement (25 page publishable paper on a subject of our choice). Overall, I like the environment and the atmosphere. The student body is also very supportive and not over competitive.

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 04:29:33 PM »
I'm really considering UNLV, couple questions:

1.Is Vegas distracting?
2.How oppressive is the heat?
3.Are the professors helpful when approached with questions and concerned?
4.How are the facilities?
5.Did you choose UNLV over other schools and if so which ones and why?

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 09:13:05 AM »
1. Vegas can be very distracting, especially for people who just move here. I've lived here for 9 years and pretty much have done it all, so, I put aside the night life and study. Many of my classmates have trouble, though. I mean, clubs are open 24 hours and nearly every gas station has slot machines. If you have an addictive personality, you can get into alot of trouble here. I think most people find a balance at some point, though.

2. The heat can be bad. It takes getting used to. In the dead of summer, temperatures top 115 F. If you drink plenty of water, you'll be fine. It does get exhausting, though. I didn't have much trouble because I was in the Marines and stationed at 29 Palms where it was 130 F. So, I don't mind the heat so much. It is important to limit your exposure to the heat at first and slowly acclimate if you're not from a similar climate.

3. The professors here are awesome. They will help you in any way possible. Not only are they availabe for office hours and happy to help at virtually any time, just about every professor gives you their cell and home number so you can call them if you have questions. The professors all take your success very personally. They do their best to make sure you understand the material.

4. The facilities are all new and very nice (ten year old, new for law schools, anyway). We have a large moot court facility (the 9th Circuit just held oral arguments here last week). The library is large and comprehensive. The classrooms are state-of-the-art. Whether or not the upkeep continues as a result of drastic budget cuts is another matter. However, the facilities are great now.

5. I chose UNLV because they gave me the best scholarship and because I built relationships with a few professors that I really like. My choices were Florida Coastal, LSU, UNLV, and Arizona. Part of my decision was that I live here and that I would not have to incur moving expenses. However, I really felt the faculty here is top notch. I was right. Not only are the professors very knowledgeable and helpful, many are experts in their respective fields. My crim law professor is one of the most respected professors in the field, for example. Also, Boyd strongly emphasizes legal writing. We take three required legal writing courses. In addition, we have a thesis requirement. Boyd graduates are some of the best legal writers in the west. Because writing is so important to the profession, that was a huge selling point.

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2010, 03:03:47 PM »
Now for a real question...where are the fish at??? I used to play at Harrahs, an extremely easy game.  I hear the Venetian has an easy 1-3NL game.  Don't know if you're into that, but I guess I got a Rounders fantasy haha.  I've been playing for 7 years, second job for about 2.

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2010, 08:58:16 AM »
I really don't gamble. So, I can't help you there.

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2010, 11:32:12 PM »
Do you know anything about gaming law?  Do you have classmates trying to work for casinos?

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010, 12:19:00 AM »
Only place they teach gambling law is at Princeton Law.

Re: UNLV 1L Taking Questions....
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010, 09:25:17 AM »
Lots of classmates work for or are seeking employment with the casinos. There are several classes on gaming law because the Gaming Control Board is a major employer. There is even a gaming law journal. However, none of that really interests me.